NASA's spacecraft crashes into Mercury, ends almost an 11-year journey

  • NASA’s space probe Messenger has crashed into Mercury after it ran out of fuel, the US space agency said.

    In its journey that lasted nearly 11 years, Messenger supplied scientists with important data and provided spectacular photographs. The probe hit Mercury’s surface as anticipated, researchers said.

    Launched in 2004, Messenger traveled for over six-and-a-half years before it began circling Mercury in March 2011. Its journey of around 5 billion miles included 15 around-the-sun trips.

    Senior NASA administrator John Grunsfeld said thanks to Messenger “we now have real knowledge” about the planet closest to the sun. 

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